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Vote for charity collections

4 October 2013

Have your say by e-mailing the club

AFC Wimbledon will once again be holding match day collections for worthy causes during 2013/14 - and we now want Dons Trust members to nominate two charities for selection.

We recently appealed on the official website for charities to put themselves forward for a match day collection and the club now has a shortlist of seven for you to choose from.

Every year we receive many requests from charities wishing to hold a collection on a match day. The need to balance these requests with Dons Trust and similar activities means we have allocated three matches for charity collections next season. One of these has been allocated to the Football League's charity of the season and this therefore leaves two places up for grabs.

 and include your Dons Trust membership number.Charity VoteWe now want Dons Trust members to help us choose the two charities from our list below, which includes a summary of each and a website address for more information. Please send in your two choices by e-mail before the closing date of Sunday, 13 October (midnight) by clicking on  

The 2013/14 nominations (in alphabetical order) are as follows:

HOPE HIV

.HOPE HIV More information can be found by clicking on   deliver education, vocational training, emotional and social support, and child rights protection. An example of one of its projects is the formation of “Kids Clubs”, which help children traumatised by the death of their parents through HIV by getting them involved in activities such as football, netball or other games.The charity based in Wimbledon works out in sub-Saharan Africa with children who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. Through a number of inspiring community-based projects, the charity aims to

Kingston Hospital Radio

to visit their website. Hospital RadioA team made up entirely of volunteers offer a radio service for patients at Kingston Hospital. Volunteers collect requests from patients to play their songs on air, which makes their stay a little more bearable. Funds raised would go towards providing new equipment for the studio, which is well past its sell-by-date. Click on

Merton Vision

to visit their website.Merton VisionThis charity provides services, information and support to blind and partially-sighted adults and children in Merton. Merton Vision helps people to come to terms with their loss of sight and gives them the skills to live their lives to the full. Can you imagine making a cup of tea if you are blind or crossing a busy road with just a white stick? Though Merton Vision cannot claim to give people their sight back, they can help people to live as “normal” a life as possible. Click on

Motor Neurone Disease Association

to visit their website.MNDAThis charity works tirelessly to combat a disease that mainly attacks the nerves that control movement. People can still feel and think clearly, but in every case their muscles refuse to work, leaving them unable to move, walk, talk and, ultimately, breathe. Five people die every day in the UK from this disease and around half of those diagnosed die within 14 months. The charity has local groups working in the South London area. Click on

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

for more information on their website.RNIBThis charity, based in Camden, London, offers information, support and advice to almost two million people with sight loss in the UK. The RNIB campaigns and carries out research on the issues that affect people who feel isolated by a lack of vision. Click on

SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association)

to visit their website.SSAFAA charity that provide practical support and assistance to approximately 45,000 people a year, including servicemen and women, veterans and their families every single day of the year.  We need to constantly fundraise to support our invaluable work. For example, £50 pays for a trained SSAFA case worker to visit a veteran in need of financial, emotional and/or practical support. Funds raised from one of your nominated collection days would be used in your local community. Click on

Variety Children’s Hospital (at Kings College Hospital, London)

for more on their website.Kings CollegeThis hospital cares for 40,000 sick children every year. The applicant is organising a charity ball to raise funds for the children’s critical care unit at Kings College, which does a valuable job in saving the lives of young children. Click on


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